Parties reach settlement in Alaska Native voting rights case

A settlement has been reached between the state and Alaska Native plaintiffs who sued in federal court over the translation of voting materials for voters with limited English proficiency.

The settlement filed Tuesday calls for the settlement agreement to be effective through Dec. 31, 2020.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason late last year asked that the plaintiffs in the state discuss whether a full or partial settlement of the case was possible.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Natalie Landreth with the Native American Rights Fund didn’t offer immediate comment Thursday.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, who oversees elections, plans to hold a media briefing later Thursday to discuss the case.

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map by Michael Krauss. (courtesy of the Alaska Native Language Center)
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map by Michael Krauss. (courtesy of the Alaska Native Language Center)